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Alexandra "Alex" Vause is a fictional character played by Laura Prepon on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. She is a love interest of the protagonist Piper Chapman throughout the series. The character is loosely based on the real ex-girlfriend of Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. She is a main character in seasons one, three, and four and a recurring character in season two.